Friday, May 14, 2010

Applause for cover artists

Fellow Elevensies member Kim Harrington posted a wonderful glimpse into the day she first saw the cover art for her debut book. Go here to be moved. Though she couldn't share the image with us yet, she captured that feeling of the book now becoming REAL to her. Now she could imagine what it will look like in the bookstore.

While I wait for my own moment when I see my cover for Dogsled Dreams, I can relate to her emotions. Nick Craine, an illustrator with Dogs In Canada Magazine captured the likeness of my beloved leader Apollo for an article I wrote. It was as if the illustrator reached into my brain to pull out the quirkiness that made Apollo unique. Just look at the demonic stare! That's totally him!

I've read a lot of posts lately of author friends being THRILLED with their covers. Carol Anne Shaw's cover is stunning.  


Danika Dinsmore got a great cover after the first one didn't really work, and her publisher was willing to try a new cover. I think it was worth the extra effort!


I'm still a few months away from seeing my own cover. But I can share in the excitement of others over theirs. From someone who can't play pictionary due to the atrocious drawing, I'm in awe of the talent of illustrators.

20 comments:

Kim Harrington said...

Thanks Terry!

Susan Fields said...

This artwork is gorgeous! I especially love the cover for Brigitta - the cover alone would be enough to make me pick up the book and check it out. I'll be looking forward to the day when you can post your own cover - how exciting!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Terry, the picture of your dog is beautiful.

Isn't it amazing to think others will be interpreting out work through art? Yay, covers!

Aidana WillowRaven said...

I love the Brigitta cover.

Actually, you may be seeing your cover sooner than you think. I have it on my to-do schedule for June.

Cross your fingers more tornadoes don't hit ... lol.

Aidana WillowRaven
http:WillowRaven.weebly.com

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

I can't wait to see your cover, Terry! And I love Danika's cover. So glad she held out for a second try!

Marcia said...

Seeing your cover can be a two-edged sword, but mostly it's been wonderful. I feel humbled that artists actually produce art for MY book. It's especially fun to see how they draw characters, and I think this goes for magazine stories as well.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great post! Those covers are all so beautiful, and I absolutely love the Apollo drawing!

Have a great weekend! :-)

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, there's nothing more exciting that covers. I like seeing them all. ALL. Can't wait for yours!

Janet said...

Those covers are beautiful. I wish I could draw like that. Your book is moving along really fast, I am anxious to see the cover. I can't wait to get started on mine and eventually see the cover for it.

My name is PJ. said...

Wow! Some people are so talented and this is the end product of that talent!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

The covers are brilliant - they REALLY work!

Am REALLY excited about seeing what yours will be like!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Those are great covers! Both of them make me want to pick up the books.

Carol Anne said...

Thanks, Teri. Fun to see! I love the illustration of the dog that was done for your article. Haunting eyes.
Can't wait to see your cover. As Tom Petty would say, "The Waiting is the hardest part."

Lisa and Laura said...

AH! We can't wait to see our own cover. We're slightly obsessed with covers as a result. It's so fun to live vicariously through other authors as they experience these moments!

Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful covers with us. I hope yours will be just as wonderful!

Jen said...

These are awesome and I can't wait to see what yours looks like when it's completed!!! It will be making the experience that much more real!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What lovely covers! I can't wait to see yours either, Terry!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Lovely covers.

It's so exciting to get that first look at your book cover. Worth waiting for.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't wait for your cover too.

Heather Kelly said...

Thanks for giving us these visuals! I can't wait to see Dogsled Dreams' cover!